Aeros Flight Training offers several ground school packages, from PPL to ATPL. Individual training is also available if you prefer one-to-one tuition and our short classroom based courses and brush-up courses before exams ensure we are there when you need us.
Additional PPL Accelerator sessions – £30.00 per hour
- If you prefer the one-to-one approach, or if you just need some help with a particular topic, our professional instructors are available for individual tuition sessions when you need extra support.
How is the ATPL(A) course structured?
Distance learning can progress at your own pace, using the printed manuals and the state-of-the-art computer program ATPdigital which has been designed to split the subjects across three modules; each module has a distance learning phase followed by a classroom revision course in Clevedon, Somerset (near Bristol Airport) just before your exams. The purpose of these intensive revision weeks at our center is to consolidate your learning, correct any misunderstandings and prepare you for the exams. Please note that you must pass all exams within 18 months of your first exam sitting.
In addition to the mandatory revision weeks, we offer additional accelerator sessions, these will be conducted in house at your local Aeros office and can be setup through our operations team. These sessions are designed to accelerate your learning not to teach you the subject. For more information call your local Aeros office.
You have a total of 6 sittings to pass all the exams and no more than 4 attempts at any one subject within those 6 sittings.
Maths and Physics
Before you start the ATPL study, there is a module on Maths and Physics. This serves two purposes; first it is a refresher for you if you have not studied these subjects for a while. Secondly, it satisfies the regulatory requirement that we ensure your level of knowledge is sufficient for the remainder of the course. The Maths and Physics module is conducted in the compulsory basic training only and there are no EASA exams associated with it.
The first ATPL module contains the following subjects:
- 022 – Instrumentation
- 061 – General Navigation
- 050 – Meteorology
- 040 – Human Performance and Limitations
- 062 – Radio Navigation
- 021 – Airframe and Systems, Electrics, Power Plant and Emergency Equipment
- 010 – Air Law
- 033 – Flight Planning and Flight Monitoring
Finally, Module 3 consists of:
- 070 – Operational Procedures
- 081 – Principles of Flight
- 032 – Performance
- 031 – Mass and Balance
- 090 – Communications. This subject has two separate exams: VFR Communications and IFR Communications, but we combine them on the course.
How long will the course take to complete?
Your ATPL theory course with Aeros will be run by our training partners Bristol.GS, as part of your modular path to becoming a professional pilot, will take around ten to thirteen months to complete, during which time you can build up your flying experience, and includes a combination of distance learning and classroom work. There are fourteen exams to be passed for the EASA ATPL, some more difficult than others.
Please note that all the lessons in ATPdigital must be completed before you can attend the revision course or take the examinations. Progress is recorded through a series of short quizzes for each lesson (which require 100% to pass), as well as larger progress tests to conclude each significant section. ATPdigital automatically sends us the results and our instructors are available throughout the process to provide all the support you will need.
Before you start your ATPL theory course, you must have a PPL issued to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. This is a mandatory requirement and you will be asked when you register for your course for your licence number, so please ensure that you have this to hand when signing up.
You will finish your PPL with 45 to 65 flying hours and the next flying course, the CPL course, requires you to have 150 hours flying time before you start, which means that you will need to be building up your flying hours alongside studying for your ATPL.
ATPL Distance Learning Course Fees
To register for our ATPL(A) distance learning courses, simply speak to a member of our operations team to complete a course registration form. You will have the option of paying for your course online by credit or debit card, by bank transfer, cheque or with a credit card on the telephone. You may pay online in GBP or your own currency; a conversion will be made at checkout. Payment by other methods must be made in GBP.
Our ATPL(A) course fees* are as follows:
Module 1 £1450
Module 2 £450
Module 3 £450
Complete package £2350
The ATPL(A) course includes Accelerator Days – 2 per module. Additional brush up courses may be purchased at any time.
The UK CAA exam fees are not included in the cost of the course. The exams are £68 per exam if sat within the UK and can be booked via the CAA website. For further information please visit EASA exam information
Additional ATPL Accelerator sessions – £50.00 per hour
* Shipping charges will depend on your location
Many students opt to pay for one module at a time; others choose to pay for the complete course upfront. Once your registration has been processed, your learning materials will be immediately dispatched to your address by courier.
Please note that aside from your course fees, you will need to budget for travel, food and accommodation for the Revision Courses and, if applicable, Accelerator Day stays in Somerset, where our study centre is located. There is a comprehensive directory of local accommodation in the Student Area of this website.